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Re: New publication: Notes on Early Mesozoic Theropods by Robert Gay
While this is vague and open to some interpretation, one possibility
is that the paper was not accepted by the journal and this self
publication is a way around that problem.
To be fair, this is completely irrelevant to whether the genus & species
name is valid. The PhyloCode will require that all valid nomenclatorial
acts must be peer-reviewed -- the ICZN doesn't mention peer review at all.
(And of course we can all digress into horror stories about peer review.
I know a manuscript that was submitted to Nature and rejected based on
three incredibly incompetent reviews. The authors are now reformatting
it for Science... it really would have deserved to be published 1) in
Nature and 2) as quickly as possible.)